producer l composer l bassist
fiery solos are a high water mark of many Yellowjackets
Additionally, he credits a virtual whos who of popular and
jazz music as musican and producer.
Some of the talents he has recorded and/or toured with over the
past 25 years include: Bruce Hornsby (Harbor Lights), ChrisBotti,
Alejandro Sanz, Marc Antoine, Randy Crawford, Rod Stewart, Crosby,
Stills & Nash, Dori Caymmi, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Diane
Reeves, Bonnie Raitt, Tower of Power Horns, Joe Sample, David Benoit,
Ron Wood, The Rippingtons, Michael McDonald, Glenn Jones, Mitchell
Froom, Andy Summers, Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, Anita Baker, Walter
Becker, Randy Newman, and George Harrison. Yes, that's the "short
Haslip has produced numerous artists to include: Merilyn Scott,
Sandro Albert, Rita Terri Lyne Carrington, Nestor Torres, Michael
Franks, Rita Coolidge, Brenda Russell, Bobby Caldwell, to name a
up in a rich musical environment listening to Latin music icons
like Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Machito, Ray Barretto, Celia
Cruz and Eddie Palmieri. He learned how to dance and play authentically
on the claves, maracas, cowbell, bongos and the guido, which gave
him that keen sense of time and rhythm that surfaces in his bass
playing today. In addition to being influenced by the popular music
of the time (Beatles, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix), Jimmy was exposed
to jazz --Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck
and classical music --Debussy, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mozart and
Mahler. He picked up bass at the age of fifteen and taught himself
how to play. "Actually the very first time I saw an electric
bass, was at a junior high Valentine's day dance. There was a live
band playing and the bass player had an reddish/orange Hagstrom
bass and a small Standel bass amp. It was then that I knew I wanted
to play the electric bass! What a feeling! I'll never forget it
as long as I live. It was my very first real spark of creative passion!"
Ron Smith and later Jaco Pastorius as inspiring teachers. "The
learning process is never ending. The key is to always strive and
search for knowledge. In learning new things everyday, there will
be inspiration. That inspiration will thirst for knowledge and so
the endless cycle goes. They will feed each other infinitely and
theoretically the creative well will never run dry,"
and endorse MTD basses (hand made instruments by a Luthier named
Mike Tobias) and D'Addario Strings (Special Medium Light Prisms)."For
amplification I use and endorse SWR Engineering power amps and speaker
cabinets. In the studio I usually just go into a direct box (preferably
a Cabletek Direct Box or some kind of tube box, for achieving the
ultimate warm/acoustic-like bass sound). Occasionally I will use
an amp in the studio (mostly by request). So I will usually use
an SWR Engineering Red Head Combo amp or a Baby Blue Combo amp.
These amps have an extremely clean sound and a very strong, powerful
punch for their size. A great recording amp for studio work!,"
As for other
instruments: Mr Haslip dabbles on the guitar and piano/synthesizers,
in order to write music. "I'm not very adept on these instruments.
I can play some very simple blues riffs on the harmonica,"
Discography available here
Jimmy's collaborative participation on Bobby McFerrin's Bang Zoom
(where McFerrin uses his voice as an instrument without singing
one word) has gotten rave reviews and he's also proud of his production
work on a live recording in Amsterdam (Jimmy was member of this
group for over a year) with Liveline.
Jimmy Haslip has helped produce many of The Yellojackest's albums
and more recently since 2002 three Jing Chi albums -- The fusion
supergroup features Miles Davis alumnus Robben Ford on guitar, veteran
session drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and the Yellowjackets' Jimmy Haslip
on bass. Their first album was followed by a live set the next year
titled Jing Chi Live at Yoshi's, which included guest appearances
by keyboard player Otmaro Ruiz and Marc Russo on alto.
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Haslip (left) performing in Holland
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